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Back in 1989, Savannah neuropsychologist Dr. Bill Dickinson made an investment in a new daiquiri bar and restaurant on River Street. Two years later he began expanding the business. Today, there are 17 Wet Willie’s locations in the U.S. and counting, with three right here in Savannah/Tybee.
The secret to Wet Willie’s success? A long line of potent, tasty frozen drinks with clever names and fresh ingredients, and great food to help ward off brain freezes. Customers can even have their favorite flavors swirled together to make their own signature daiquiri.
The aptly named “Call a Cab” cocktail features strawberry and cherry flavors with 190proof grain alcohol and Bacardi Rum. The “Attitude Improvement” is a tangy orange and two types of Bacardi rum. The “Shock Treatment” is lemonade, Blue Curaco and grain alcohol.
Wet Willie’s offers an array of other daiquiris such as Mango, Strawberry, Peach, Chocolate Thunder, Pina Colada and Margarita. There are carb-free and sugar-free drinks, and even a “Weak Willie,” a delicious non-alcoholic cocktail. Drinks are served in handy “to-go” cups, so you can take one with you as you stroll along the riverfront and Savannah’s historic downtown.
A range of delicious food is available to accompany your cocktail, from appetizers to burgers, sandwiches, seafood, and salads. Favorites include the various tacos, chicken tenders, and “Na’Cho Average Nachos” with crispy corn tortilla chips piled high with homemade queso, spiced beef or grilled chicken, red beans and pickled jalapenos, and topped with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and salsa. “Willie’s Wings” are always popular and feature jumbo-sized wings with one of ten sauces or six rubs. “Build Your Own Burger” is a treat, starting with a 1/2 pound of Angus, and adding an array of premium toppings.
A local favorite is the Savannah Shrimp and Grits! Light bites include salads, a bowl of spicy Cajun gumbo or Steakhouse Chili, and fried dill pickles. But don’t stop there- the Tybee location opens at 9 a.m. daily with a yummy breakfast menu!
A special highlight of Wet Willie’s River Street location is First Friday Fireworks on the river the first Friday of the month at 9:30 p.m. and numerous festivals throughout the year.
101 E. River Street, on the Savannah River, and 20 Jefferson Street, in the fresh air City Market, are open Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
16 Tybrisa on Tybee Island, open Sunday - Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.